motherhood

The Wedding March: Mummy Dearest

With little over a week to go, it’s hard to imagine anything stopping William and Kate walking down the aisle—but that wasn’t always the case. Up until their engagement was announced, it was assumed that one woman stood in Kate’s way: her mother. Read more »

No Kidding: Where Are The Childfree Role Models?

Some women I’ve written about before, celebs like Jennifer Aniston, sidestep the issue all the time instead of owning their ambivalence (or however they feel! Just own it!). Barbara Walters and Oprah... Read more »

No Kidding: Barbara and Oprah Admit it Ain't Always Easy

Oprah and Babs talk about how tough it is to have kids as a working woman—or in Oprah’s case, the unambiguous lack of regret in regards to opting out. Skip to 7:30 in the video, where the discussion about having kids starts. Transcript after the jump. Read more »

No Kidding: Why is It "Selfish" to Be Childfree?

In my opinion, the strangest persistent belief about childfree women is that we're selfish. From the jump, this is problematic as this logic negates the experiences of infertile women, women ambivalent about motherhood and parenting, and women who would—for any number of reasons and because of any... Read more »

Tube Tied: "Teen Mom" and the Problem With Social Realism In Reality Television

MTV's been having a good summer. In part, that's because the second season of its reality series Teen Mom has been generating huge ratings for the network—it is this summer's third-most-watched original cable... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Caitlin Flanagan, our first Douchebag All-Star!

  Sometimes a simple acknowledgment of douchery just isn't enough. Sometimes you have to step back and marvel at how consistent, how dedicated, how impressively shameless a person's commitment to being a total asshole is. And that's why Bitch has decided it's time to start recognizing those... Read more »

Page Turner: An Interview with Instinctive Mama Author Ada Calhoun

You’ve likely encountered the work of writer and editor Ada Calhoun—whether it’s her editorial work on... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: Gen Y's Biological Clock Talk Taboo

I've hesitated about tackling this particular topic, but with the recent proximity of Mother's Day and the 50th anniversary of The Pill, I figured there was never going to be a better time to address it. My hesitation stems from a reluctance to drag... Read more »

Mother's Day is for Feminists.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and though the commercial holiday might have a cheesy reputation filled with schlocky cards, cheap candy, and Build-A-Bears, the true spirit of Mother’s Day is nothing if not feminist. After all, what other holiday exists solely to honor the older women in our... Read more »

Reproductive Writes: A Pregnant Pause

Celine Dion stares at us from the front page of People this week. 'My Private Hell' the headline shouts, without a hint of irony. There's been nothing private about Celine Dion's IVF treatments in pursuit of a second child. '... Read more »

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